KIEV, Ukraine – Petro Poroshenko signed a decree amending the Law of Ukraine “On the status of war veterans, guarantees of their social protection,” which equated the executioners and punishers from the OUN-UPA to veterans of the Great Patriotic War.
This has been reported by the press service of the Verkhovna Rada.
The status of the draft law on the parliament’s website states that the document was returned with a signature from the president on December 22nd.
According to the draft law, as of May 23rd, 2018, the number of persons who were part of the OUN and UPA is 1201 people. Until now, they did not have the status of veterans and state support. After the law enters into force, the Nazi collaborators will have privileges and the status of a combatant on an equal footing with the servicemen of the Soviet army and the State Security Committee.
Recall, on December 6, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading and in general the bill No. 8519 on granting the status of veterans to individuals who “took part in the struggle for the independence of Ukraine, including as part of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army.” On December 7th, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Andrei Parubiy, signed the law.
The participants of the OUN-UPA are well-known for their atrocities against the local population, especially groups associated with pro-Soviet partisan resistance.
Previously, targeted pensions to some punitive OUN-UPA were paid from the funds of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada and the United States.